October 11, 2016
Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
After Jesus had spoken,
a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.
He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees!
Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
This Gospel invites me to be careful with my perceptions towards my fellowmen. There is no justice in judging a person on its physical look, not reflecting more deeply in the personality underneath the physical appearance. I believe in this saying, “what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
Looking back to my college days, I easily judge a professor based on his external attitude. I remember my experience with one of my professors when I was in third year college. Based on my observation of this person, he is very silent and seemed to have a bad attitude. But as time pass by, he showed to us his real attitude, and I discovered that he is actually fond of cracking jokes and laughing loudly.
I realize that I must first examine myself before judging others because each one of us has our own unique circumstances. I shall see that I do not have the right to judge others for I cannot fully know them.